2011 NFL Mock Draft: A Way Too Early Look at the First Two Rounds

Matt Miller@nfldraftscoutNFL Draft Lead WriterNovember 28, 2010

2011 NFL Mock Draft: A Way Too Early Look at the First Two Rounds

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    The 2010 college football season will be done and over with before we know it, which means the 2011 NFL Draft is almost here. Before the bowls, before the Senior Bowl and before the NFL Combine, we take a look at the first two rounds of the 2011 class.

    Select juniors and one redshirt sophomore, Andrew Luck, are included. The draft order is based on Week 10 NFL standings.

With the First Pick in the 2011 NFL Draft, the Carolina Panthers Select...

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    Adrian Clayborn, DT/DE, Iowa

    Analysis: Stanford's Andrew Luck is the best player in the draft, but as a quarterback, he does not fill a need for Carolina, which drafted Jimmy Clausen in the second round last year to be its franchise quarterback.

    Carolina does have major needs on defense, especially at defensive tackle. Clayborn has played mostly in a 3-4 front, but he has the body style and skills to slide inside and be a penetrating tackle.

    Should this scenario take place on draft day, Carolina would most likely trade back.

With the Second Pick in the 2011 NFL Draft, the Cincinnati Bengals Select...

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    Andrew Luck, QB, Stanford

    Analysis: This might really surprise some fans and probably upset quite a few Bengal supporters. The sad truth is that Carson Palmer is nowhere near who he once was. Injuries have downgraded him from a very good quarterback to an average one.

    The future in Cincinnati and the ability to turn a young team into a playoff contender will fall on the very capable shoulders of Andrew Luck.

With the Third Pick in the 2011 NFL Draft, the Detroit Lions Select...

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    Patrick Peterson, CB, LSU

    Analysis: The Lions have one of the worst cornerback duos in the NFL. Luckily for them, college football's best cornerback falls right into their laps here.

    Peterson will make an immediate impact as a corner and return man for the Lions. This is a young team on the rise.

With the Fourth Pick in the 2011 NFL Draft, the Buffalo Bills Select...

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    Derek Sherrod, OT, Mississippi State

    Analysis: As much as Buffalo fans and pundits want them to draft a quarterback, the more they win, the less likely that seems. At No. 4, there are no quarterbacks of value, and without trading back, Buffalo will be in a position to fill another need: offensive tackle.

    Since losing Jason Peters, Buffalo has been searching for a left tackle. Sherrod is the perfect player for the Bills' scheme. He's a decorated pass protector and he's good enough in the run game to start as a rookie.

With the Fifth Pick in the 2011 NFL Draft, the Arizona Cardinals Select...

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    Prince Amukamara, CB, Nebraska

    Analysis: The Cardinals are another team who will be looking at available quarterbacks, but none of the available passers are a good value in the top five.

    Where Arizona can improve immediately is at cornerback. Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie is a very good cover man, but he's being avoided by quarterbacks this season. Opposite him, the Cardinals must add a solid corner who can force offenses to test DRC.

With the Sixth Pick in the 2011 NFL Draft, the San Francisco 49ers Select...

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    Ryan Mallett, QB, Arkansas

    Analysis: If any team is likely to reach for a player, it is the 49ers. Their drafts under Mike Singletary have produced good players, but they are also known to reach for needs. And that is why they pull the trigger now on Ryan Mallett.

    The 49ers are a talented team and, although poorly coached, they are a few pieces away from the playoffs. Quarterback is the large piece missing. Mallett is battle-tested and ready to go in the NFL.

With the Seventh Pick in the 2011 NFL Draft, the Cleveland Browns Select...

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    A.J. Green, WR, Georgia

    Analysis: Colt McCoy turned out to be the franchise quarterback the Browns hoped they were getting. I guess Mike Holmgren knows a thing or two about quarterbacks.

    McCoy is the future, but the Browns must add talent around him. The offensive line is set, and Montario Hardesty will combine with Peyton Hillis to give them a great running attack next year.

    Wide receiver, however, is an area in which Cleveland is very weak. A.J. Green could easily be argued as the second-best player in the entire draft.

With the Eighth Pick in the 2011 NFL Draft, the Dallas Cowboys Select...

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    Da'Quan Bowers, DE, Clemson

    Analysis: The Cowboys' season has been a major disappointment, resulting in a midseason head-coaching change. The new head coach will find a talented, but aging team. Building around the running game, Tony Romo and Dez Bryant will be their priority.

    Part of the rebuilding process will be revitalizing a defensive line that has been underachieving. Bowers is an athletic freak who is able to play any position along the defensive line.

With the Ninth Pick in the 2011 NFL Draft, the Denver Broncos Select...

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    Brandon Harris, CB, Miami (Fla.)

    Analysis: Denver is another club that has underachieved this year, but they at least have injuries to blame for their incompetence.

    Turning things around in Denver will take more work than in Dallas, and the first order of business is improving the secondary. A huge step in the right direction is adding Miami's Brandon Harris.

    Perhaps more than any other player, Harris is making a name for himself late in the season. His stock is soaring.

With the 10th Pick in the 2011 NFL Draft, the Minnesota Vikings Select...

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    Pick: Jake Locker, QB, Washington

    Analysis: The Brett Favre experiment failed miserably in Minnesota, resulting in a head coach being fired and a franchise's plans for the future seriously altered. Left to pick up the pieces, Leslie Frazier has a talented group, but one without a leader after this season.

    Finding a quarterback is Priority No. 1 in Minnesota. Tarvaris Jackson will be a free agent, and few people inside or outside the team believe in him as a franchise quarterback.

    Jake Locker will bring a toughness to the position and a ton of athleticism. His accuracy needs work, but he's improved dramatically. Kind of reminds you of a certain No. 4—minus the ego.

With the 11th Pick in the 2011 NFL Draft, the St. Louis Rams Select...

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    Bruce Carter, OLB, North Carolina

    Analysis: And the run on Tar Heels begins. Carter is a great athlete and an impressive outside linebacker. He has natural leadership abilities, quick feet and good instincts. He's a little small, but he can hold up on the weakside in a 4-3 scheme.

    St. Louis loves to move around their linebackers, and they love speedy players like Carter.

With the 12th Pick in the 2011 NFL Draft, the Houston Texans Select...

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    Janoris Jenkins, CB, Florida

    Analysis: Jenkins marks the fourth cornerback drafted in the top 12, which is a testament to the talent in this class, but also to the needs at the position in the NFL.

    Houston, after losing Dunta Robinson, drafted Kareem Jackson of Alabama, who will be a good corner in time. Unlike Jackson, Jenkins is ready to come in to the NFL right now and start.

With the 13th Pick in the 2011 NFL Draft, the San Diego Chargers Select...

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    Cameron Jordan, DE, Cal

    Analysis: The Chargers are making another late-season push toward the playoffs, but they are doing so with less talent than in previous seasons.

    Chief among the needs for San Diego is improving the defensive line. Jordan is a potential top-five player who translates well to the 3-4 as a defensive end.

    His time under Jeff Tedford at Cal will help make the move to the NFL seamless.

With the 14th Pick in the 2011 NFL Draft, the New England Patriots Select...

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    Akeem Ayers, OLB, UCLA

    Analysis: The Patriots always seem to find themselves in the perfect position to fill a need, and they do it again here with Ayers.

    Despite drafting two outside linebackers last year, the position is still a need. Ayers has the playmaking ability the team is lacking. Watch out, Mark Sanchez.

With the 15th Pick in the 2011 NFL Draft, the Tennesee Titans Select...

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    Allen Bailey, DT, Miami (Fla.)

    Analysis: The Titans could very easily be looking at quarterbacks here, but with Mallett and Locker gone, they turn to the best available player.

    Bailey is a pass-rushing force. His penetrating style of play will fit in perfectly with what Jeff Fisher likes in his defensive linemen. Bailey is an upgrade over Tony Brown.

With the 16th Pick in the 2011 NFL Draft, the Washington Redskins Select...

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    Julio Jones, WR, Alabama

    Analysis: It appears that Donovan McNabb will be in Washington for at least one more year. For the Redskins to succeed, they must add a go-to receiver for McNabb.

    Jones combines downfield ability with great run-after-catch skills to give McNabb his best receiver since Terrell Owens. Thankfully, Jones is a much more mature person.

With the 17th Pick in the 2011 NFL Draft, the Miami Dolphins Select...

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    Mark Ingram, RB, Alabama

    Analysis: How fitting is it that Ingram would end up in Miami, where his father played during his NFL career? One thing is certain: Ingram will look good in a Dolphins uniform.

    Ingram does fill a legitimate need at running back for Miami, who will have Ricky Williams and Ronnie Brown entering free agency after the season.

    The offense in Miami is based on a strong run game, and with uncertainty at quarterback, the Dolphins need a consistent threat in the backfield.

With the 18th Pick in the 2011 NFL Draft, the Jacksonville Jaguars Select...

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    Robert Quinn, DE, North Carolina

    Analysis: The Jags defense has been a weak link throughout the season, especially their pass defense. One quick way to improve is to generate more pressure on the quarterback.

    Quinn joins 2010 first-round pick Tyson Alualu on the defensive line, where Jacksonville will have a solid trio of young players together. The Jaguars will look to improve a shaky offense in rounds two through seven.

With the 19th Pick in the NFL Draft, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Select...

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    Anthony Castonzo, OT, Boston College

    Analysis: The Bucs are one of the NFL's Cinderella stories this season. With young talent stacked throughout the roster, Tampa looks primed to compete for years to come.

    In order to challenge for NFC South championships, Tampa must improve their offensive line. Castonzo is a true right tackle prospect who can immediately improve the running game.

With the 20th Pick in the 2011 NFL Draft, the Chicago Bears Select...

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    Gabe Carimi, OT, Wisconsin

    Analysis: The Bears drafted Chris Williams to be their left tackle of the future, but he's settled in nicely at left guard. Instead of moving Williams, Chicago drafts an upgrade at left tackle in Carimi.

    Carimi is a classic Wisconsin offensive tackle. He's big, strong and a very good technician. He's NFL-ready, and the Bears need him to be.

With the 21st Pick in the 2011 NFL Draft, the Seattle Seahawks Select...

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    Nick Fairley, DT, Auburn

    Analysis: Nick Fairley's fall on draft day ends at Seattle. A true top-15 player, Fairley hit a patch in the draft where defensive tackle was not a need.

    In Seattle, he will be an immediate upgrade and a much-needed playmaker on the interior defensive line. Pete Carroll has the Seahawks playing with heart, but great coaching cannot make up for a complete lack of talent.

    Fairley is the building block Carroll needs for the defensive line.

With the 22nd Pick in the 2011 Draft, the Kansas City Chiefs Select...

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    Von Miller, OLB, Texas A&M

    Analysis: The Chiefs, much like the Patriots before them, fell into a great pick. Miller's name is rising on draft boards, but it is important he goes to a 3-4 defense.

    Miller is a pass rusher first and foremost. In a 4-3 he would be wasted, but in KC, they will let him pin his ears back and attack the backfield.

With the 23rd Pick in the 2011 NFL Draft, the New York Giants Select...

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    DeMarcus Love, OT, Arkansas

    Analysis: The Giants have been plagued with injuries this season, but still look like a contender. With small improvements, the Giants are a Super Bowl team.

    Love has the ability to play tackle or guard at the next level, but he is best suited to play on the left side. Given one to two years to adapt and gain strength, Love could be a Pro Bowl player.

With the 24th Pick in the 2011 NFL Draft, the Baltimore Ravens Select...

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    Jon Baldwin, WR, Pitt

    Analysis: Donte Stallworth and T.J. Houshmandzadeh have not become the threats the Ravens hoped they were adding opposite Anquan Boldin.

    Baldwin will be a sure-fire threat. He's big, fast and great at bringing down the jump ball. Next to Boldin, Baldwin will give Joe Flacco two very good threats at receiver.

With the 25th Pick in the 2011 NFL Draft, the Indianapolis Colts Select...

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    Marcell Dareus, DT, Alabama

    Analysis: There are very few players on the Colts defense whose name you would recognize, which might be why AFC offenses are scoring at will this season.

    Peyton Manning cannot be expected to save the Colts defense every week. For the Colts to make another Super Bowl run, a stronger defense is needed.

    Dareus is a great talent, but his motor does not always run on high. Jim Caldwell and Co. can get the most out of Dareus' talent.

With The 26th Pick in the 2011 NFL Draft, the New Orleans Saints Select...

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    Ryan Kerrigan, DE, Purdue

    Analysis: Count New Orleans among the teams who are better than they should be. With little pass rush this season, the Saints are still tied for the second-best record in the NFC.

    Kerrigan is rated much higher by some, but we are underwhelmed by him. He isn't a great pass rusher, nor is he great against the run.

    He does have good potential, but he's not the top-five player some are making him out to be.

With the 27th Pick in the 2011 NFL Draft, the Pittsburgh Steelers Select...

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    Jimmy Smith, CB, Colorado

    Analysis: Offensive tackle is a need for Pittsburgh, but they have never placed a premium on the position, which we don't expect to change.

    One position that cannot be overlooked is cornerback. Smith is a big, rangy corner who can really cover some ground. He's physical, able to stop the run and can match up against taller NFL receivers.

With the 28th Pick in the 2011 NFL Draft, the Atlanta Falcons Select...

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    Brandon Burton, CB, Utah

    Analysis: Burton's name won't be mentioned much by Mel Kiper or Todd McShay, but you will see him prominently on our lists. Burton, as much as any player, is seriously rising up draft boards.

    Burton is a sleeper, but he has serious NFL potential and will be a first-rounder by the time April gets here.

    Atlanta needs to add someone opposite Dunta Robinson, and Burton can step in and start right away.

With the 29th Pick in the 2011 NFL Draft, the Green Bay Packers Select...

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    Chase Minnifield, CB, Virginia

    Analysis: Remember this name. The junior from Virginia is one of the more impressive cornerbacks in the class, should he decide to enter.

    The Packers like physical corners, and that's what Minnifield is all about. He has good height, very good ability in man coverage and has the size to play bump and run. A great find for the Pack.

With the 30th Pick in the 2011 NFL Draft, the New York Jets Select...

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    Cameron Heyward, DE/DT, Ohio State

    Analysis: The Jets are one of the best teams in the NFL, but they are a defense that struggles at times to pressure the opposing offense.

    Heyward will bring versatility to the defensive line, but he also brings the ability to get into the backfield—something missing from the Jets defense.

With the 31st Pick in the 2011 NFL Draft, the Philadelphia Eagles Select...

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    Zach Brown, OLB, North Carolina

    Analysis: The Eagles defense needs an infusion of youth, especially at linebacker. We love the addition of Ernie Sims, but this pick is about building for the future and solidifying the entire unit.

    Brown is underrated. As one of the few elite Tar Heels not be suspended this year, his stock is on the rise.

    Brown has been clocked at 4.28 seconds in the 40-yard dash and is a key runner on the UNC track team. If you want a freakish athlete at outside 'backer, here you go.

With the 32nd Pick in the NFL Draft, the Super Bowl Champion Patriots Select...

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    J.J. Watt, DE, Wisconsin

    Previous Pick: Akeem Ayers, OLB (1st)

    Analysis: Many mock drafts will have New England drafting a running back, but we believe in Danny Woodhead and BenJarvis Green-Ellis. And why not? Since they took over, the Patriots have been on a roll.

    Where the Pats can improve is on the defensive side of the ball. Adding Ayers earlier in the round fills a huge hole. Grabbing Watt, a versatile defensive end, gives them depth and another playmaker at a key position.

2011 NFL Draft First Round Wrap-Up

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    Round 1
    1. Carolina (1-9)
    Pick: Adrian Clayborn, DT/DE, Iowa

    2. Cincinnati (2-8)
    Pick: Andrew Luck, QB, Stanford

    3. Detroit (2-8)
    Pick: Patrick Peterson, CB, LSU

    4. Buffalo (2-8)
    Pick: Derek Sherrod, OT, Mississippi State

    5. Arizona (3-7)
    Pick: Prince Amukamara, CB, Nebraska

    6. San Francisco (3-7)
    Pick: Ryan Mallett, QB, Arkansas

    7. Cleveland (3-7)
    Pick: A.J. Green, WR, Georgia

    8. Dallas (3-7)
    Pick: Da'Quan Bowers, DE, Clemson

    9. Denver (3-7)
    Pick: Brandon Harris, CB, Miami (FL)

    10. Minnesota (3-7)
    Pick: Jake Locker, QB, Auburn

    11. St. Louis (4-6)
    Pick: Bruce Carter, OLB, North Carolina

    12. Houston (4-6)
    Pick: Janoris Jenkins, CB, Florida

    13. San Diego (5-5)
    Pick: Cameron Jordan, DE, Cal

    14. New England, from Oakland (5-5)
    Pick: Akeem Ayers, OLB, UCLA

    15. Tennessee (5-5)
    Pick: Allen Bailey, DT, Miami (FL)

    16. Washington (5-5)
    Pick: Julio Jones, WR, Alabama

    17. Miami (5-5)
    Pick: Mark Ingram, RB, Alabama

    18. Jacksonville (6-4)
    Pick: Robert Quinn, DE, North Carolina

    19. Tampa Bay (7-3)
    Pick: OT Anthony Castonzo, OT, Boston College

    20. Chicago (7-3)
    Pick: Gabe Carimi, OT, Wisconsin

    21. Seattle (5-5)
    Pick: Nick Fairley, DT, Auburn

    22. Kansas City (6-4)
    Pick: Von Miller, OLB, Texas A&M

    23. New York Giants (6-4)
    Pick: DeMarcus Love, OT, Arkansas

    24. Baltimore (7-3)
    Pick: Jon Baldwin, WR, Pitt

    25. Indianapolis (6-4)
    Pick: Marcell Dareus, DT, Alabama

    26. New Orleans (7-3)
    Pick: Ryan Kerrigan, DE, Purdue

    27. Pittsburgh (7-3)
    Pick: Jimmy Smith, CB, Colorado

    28. Atlanta (8-2)
    Pick: Brandon Burton, CB, Utah

    29. Green Bay (7-3)
    Pick: Chase Minnifield, CB, Virginia

    30. New York Jets (8-2)
    Pick: Cameron Heyward, DE/DT, Ohio State

    31. Philadelphia (7-3)
    Pick: Zach Brown, OLB, North Carolina

    32. New England (8-2)
    Pick: J.J Watt, DE, Wisconsin

With the First Pick of the Second Round, the New England Patriots Select...

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    Justin Blackmon, WR, Oklahoma State

    Previous Picks: Akeem Ayers, OLB; J.J. Watt, DE

    Analysis: Blackmon is actually too talented to still be on the board here, but late in Round 1 we saw a run on need-based picks.

    Blackmon will give Tom Brady a receiver to grow old with. Brady has made Deion Branch look like a Pro Bowler; just imagine what he can do with a seriously talented receiver.

With the Second Pick of the Second Round, The Detroit Lions Select...

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    Rodney Hudson, OG, Florida State

    Previous Pick: Patrick Peterson, CB

    Analysis: The Lions' rebuilding project has gone well under Jim Schwartz, but protecting the QB has to take a front seat for this franchise.

    Hudson is an elite guard prospect. If he can add a little weight before the draft without losing agility, he could make a serious push at the first round.

With the Third Pick of the Second Round, The Buffalo Bills Select...

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    Cam Newton, QB, Auburn

    Previous Pick: Derek Sherrod, OT

    Analysis: Many are wondering if the Bills can lose enough games to win the Andrew Luck sweepstakes. An equal number of people are also trying to decide if Cam Newton is a first-round pick.

    We say no, but he's close. Newton is a better all-around quarterback than Tim Tebow or Vince Young were in college, but his off-field issues will push him down draft boards, and off others.

With the Fourth Pick of the Second Round, The Cincinnati Bengals Select...

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    Mark Barron, SS, Alabama

    Previous Pick: Andrew Luck, QB

    Analysis: In Round 1, Cincinnati fell into the draft's best player (don't expect that to happen in April). In Round 2 they fill their biggest need, strong safety.

    Barron is a hard-hitting safety with range. He'll step up against the run, but also police the center-field. He has the skills to line up in man coverage as well.

With The 37th Pick in The Draft, the San Francisco 49ers Select...

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    Muhammad Wilkerson, DT, Temple

    Previous Pick: Ryan Mallett, QB

    Analysis: The 49ers will most likely be facing a complete overhaul of the coaching staff this off-season. This could mean big changes in defensive scheme. With that in mind, the 49ers need a versatile defender who can create match up problems up front.

    Wilkerson is a versatile lineman, able to play inside on a four-man front, but can slide out to a 5 technique in the 3-4.

With Pick No. 38, The Cleveland Browns Select...

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    Rahim Moore, FS, UCLA

    Previous Pick: A.J. Green, WR

    Analysis: Cleveland addressed a huge need in round one by giving Colt McCoy a target to throw to. Now they must look at making a bad defense better.

    Moore is a quick fix for Cleveland, who desperately need help at free safety. His play making ability is underrated, but watch him shine in the NFL.

With The Seventh Pick in Round Two, The Dallas Cowboys Select...

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    Nate Solder, OT, Colorado

    Previous Pick: Da'Quan Bowers, DE

    Analysis: Dallas has been terrible this season. The reason lies in the aging offensive line, and their inability to replace Flozell Adams at left tackle.

    Nate Solder is your prototypical tackle prospect. Some will argue that he's best served on the right side, but lucky for Dallas, they need help at both left and right tackle.

With Pick No. 40, the Denver Broncos Select...

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    Marvin Austin, DE/DT, North Carolina

    Previous Pick: Brandon Harris, CB

    Analysis: It has been interesting to track the fall of Marvin Austin. At one point before the season he was our No. 1 overall player, with a shot at being the top overall draft choice.

    After the NCAA caught him taking cash from agents, Austin was suspended for the year, and his draft stock went crashing.

    Austin is a very good athlete for the position, which leads us to believe he will transition nicely to playing defensive end in the 3-4 scheme.

With The 41st Pick in The 2011 NFL Draft, The Minnesota Vikings Select...

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    Kenny Tate, FS, Maryland

    Previous Pick: Jake Locker, QB

    Analysis: If their first pick was a bit of a reach to fill a need, the Vikings second-round choice is a practice in patience and drafting the best player available.

    Tate is a very physical free safety, and his range makes him a very enticing prospect. Injury questions push him to the top of round two, but Tate has first-round talent.

With The 10th Pick in The Second Round, The Arizona Cardinals Select...

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    Christian Ponder, QB, Florida State

    Previous Pick: Prince Amukamara, CB

    Analysis: Many thought before the college football season that Ponder could challenge Jake Locker to be college's top quarterback. Those people were wrong, unfortunately.

    Ponder, like Locker, has seen his stock fall this season. Injuries, poor play and little supporting talent have hurt Ponder, but he is still an NFL quarterback. Given 1-2 years, Ponder will be a quality starter.

With The 43rd Pick In The 2011 NFL Draft, The Houston Texans Select...

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    Stephen Paea, DT, Oregon State

    Previous Pick: Janoris Jenkins, CB

    Analysis: Houston picked up a huge cornerstone for their franchise in round one. Round two is about correcting mistakes.

    Amobi Okoye was a great story, entering the NFL at only 19 years old. He has failed to develop into the player Houston needed him to be, leaving a hole next to Mario Williams.

    Stephen Paea is overrated by many pundits, but in round two he is a great value and fills a big need for the Texans.

With The 44th Pick in The Draft, the St. Louis Rams Select...

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    DeAndre McDaniel, SS, Clemson

    Previous Pick: Bruce Carter, OLB

    Analysis: The Rams have found the future of their team, and their offense, in Sam Bradford. Building their defense is the plan for the 2011 Draft.

    McDaniel is rated as the top strong safety on many draft boards. He will bring a toughness and aggression to the Rams defense. McDaniel is a Steve Spagnuolo-type player.

With The 45th Pick in The Draft, The Oakland Raiders Select...

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    Matt Reynolds, OT, BYU

    Previous Pick: No pick- Traded to New England

    Analysis: Trying to predict what Al Davis will do actually gives me nightmares. For this mock draft to be accurate we could easily give Oakland the fastest player on the draft board.

    That is, until the 2010 NFL Draft happened. In 2010, Al Davis threw out the old game plan and made some damn fine draft picks.

    We are hoping 2011 will be more of the same for Al and Co. Reynolds is a tough, gritty offensive tackle. Underrated and overlooked at BYU, he is ready to step into an NFL huddle.

With The 46th Pick in The 2011 Draft, The Tennessee Titans Select...

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    Martez Wilson, ILB, Illinois

    Previous Pick: Allen Bailey, DT

    Analysis: Tennessee needs a new quarterback, and Nick Foles is on the board here, but there is no way Bud Adams turns his back on Vince Young.

    Filling their need at defensive tackle in Round 1, Tennessee can now focus on adding talent on defense.

    Jeff Fisher's teams are known for their ability to shut down offenses, and Wilson goes a long way in making them better in the front seven.

With Pick No. 47, The Washington Redskins Select...

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    Curtis Brown, CB, Texas

    Previous Pick: Julio Jones, WR

    Analysis: Washington will attempt to load up the roster in this year's draft to make a Super Bowl run with Donovan McNabb.

    In doing so, they must address the cornerback position. DeAngelo Hall has a big name (and mouth), but his play is weak. Brown can come in and play as a nickel back during this rookie season, while being groomed to take over for Hall.

With Pick Number 48, The Denver Broncos Select...

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    Greg Jones, ILB, Michigan State

    Previous Picks: Brandon Harris, CB | Marvin Austin, DE

    Analysis: The Broncos know their offense can compete with anyone, but their defense is what is holding them back.

    Greg Jones can start on the inside as a rookie in Denver's 3-4 defense. His leadership abilities will also come in big for a young team.

With The 49th Pick in The 2011 Draft, The San Diego Chargers Select...

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    Kyle Rudolph, TE, Notre Dame

    Previous Pick: Cameron Jordan, DE

    Analysis: Tight end is not a huge need, but an injury to Antonio Gates will shut down the Chargers offense completely.

    New England has shown what an offense can do with two athletic tight ends, especially in the red zone. Look for San Diego to copy that philosophy by drafting the best player on the board here.

With Pick No. 50 Overall, the Jacksonville Jaguars Select...

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    Nick Foles, QB, Arizona

    Previous Pick: Robert Quinn, DE

    Analysis: Grabbing Foles here would be the smart pick for Jacksonville. David Garrard has been wildly inconsistent this season, and yet the team is still 6-4.

    Foles is a quick study, and after a season behind Garrard, he would be ready to grab the starting job.

With Pick No. 51, The Chicago Bears Select...

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    Stefen Wisniewski, C, Penn State

    Previous Pick: Gabe Carimi, OT

    Analysis: In round one Chicago found their bookend left tackle. In round two they will replace a long time captain, Olin Kreutz. Wisniewski, whose dad played in the NFL, is game-day ready.

    He's a big body with a tough streak, but the intelligence you expect from your center. Wisniewski could easily play guard while preparing to take over at center.

With The 52nd Pick in The 2011 NFL Draft, Tampa Bay Selects...

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    Jeremy Beal, OLB, Oklahoma

    Previous Pick: Anthony Castonzo, OT

    Analysis: The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are quietly building their roster for a nice, long run at the Super Bowl. With Josh Freeman, LaGarrette Blount and Mike Williams on offense, Tampa is set for the future.

    The defense does have holes, and Beal fills their No. 1 need there. His speed, aggressive style of play and pass rush ability will be a welcome addition.

With Pick No. 53, The Seattle Seahawks Select...

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    DeMarco Murray, RB, Oklahoma

    Previous Pick: Nick Fairley, DT

    Analysis: One thing Pete Carroll knows is that when a player like DeMarco Murray falls, you draft him right away.

    Murray is an electric runner, receiver and return man, but he's faced injuries in his career that will push him down the draft boards in April. He will bring a physical running style to Seattle, a great complement to Justin Forsett.

With The 22nd Pick in Round Two, The New York Giants Select...

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    Shane Vereen, RB, Cal

    Previous Pick: DeMarcus Love, OT

    Analysis: Brandon Jacobs cannot seem to stay out of Tom Coughlin's doghouse, and Ahmad Bradshaw cannot carry the running load alone.

    Vereen will give New York a breakaway threat at running back. While Bradshaw chips away at defenses, Vereen is a threat to score every time he has the ball.

With The 55th Pick in The 2011 NFL Draft, The Kansas City Chiefs Select..

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    Jerrell Powe, NT, Ole Miss

    Previous Pick: Von Miller, OLB

    Analysis: As the Chiefs continue to build their 3-4 defense, adding a nose tackle to replace Ron Edwards will become an important piece of the puzzle.

    Powe has the ability to be that man. His size, strength and low center of gravity make him an ideal candidate for the nose.

With Pick No. 56, The Baltimore Ravens Select...

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    Davon House, CB, New Mexico State

    Previous Pick: Jon Baldwin, WR

    Analysis: Cornerback has been one of the few weak spots for the Ravens defense this season. Finding youth, depth and future starters must be a priority through the draft.

    House has the skills to match up with bigger receivers, but he is a fluid runner and can hang in there against tough slot receivers too.

With Pick No. 57 in The 2011 NFL Draft, Indianapolis Selects...

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    Tyron Smith, OT, Southern California

    Previous Pick: Marcell Dareus, DT

    Analysis: The Colts need to be serious about getting better at offensive tackle this off-season. Peyton Manning has done wonders with a patchwork offensive line, but this will eventually catch up to them.

    Smith needs some development time, but he has the raw talent of a Pro Bowler. Few offensive tackles are this athletic, which fits in perfectly with the Colts zone and stretch running game.

With The 58th Pick in The 2011 Draft, The Pittsburgh Steelers Select...

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    Jason Pinkston, OT, Pittsburgh

    Previous Pick: Jimmy Smith, CB

    Analysis: In the 2010 NFL Draft, Pittsburgh found their starting center for the next decade. In the 2011 Draft they need to find an offensive tackle to do the same.

    Pinkston, a local college player, has the toughness needed to grind out in the AFC North. He may be suited better to right tackle, which is fine, because Pittsburgh needs help on both ends of the line.

With The 59th Pick in The Draft, The New Orleans Saints Select...

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    Travis Lewis, OLB, Oklahoma

    Previous Pick: Ryan Kerrigan, DE

    Analysis: New Orleans, like many Super Bowl contenders, needs to get better on defense. Kerrigan in Round 1 improves the pass rush; Lewis in Round 2 will improve the entire defense.

    Lewis is a super-active linebacker who can rush the passer, drop into coverage and line up in man-to-man. He won't be great against the run, but his speed and toughness will make him a starter.

With The 60th Pick In The 2011 NFL Draft, The Atlanta Falcons Select...

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    Mark Herzlich, OLB, Boston College

    Previous Pick: Brandon Burton, CB

    Analysis: No story will be more heartwarming on Draft Day than than of Herzlich beating cancer to be drafted by an NFL team. Atlanta, in desperate need of help at outside linebacker, will welcome the standout college linebacker.

    Herzlich is likely to be poked and prodded extra at the NFL Combine, but all reports are that he is healthy and ready to take on the NFL...which might seem small compared to cancer.

With Pick No. 61, The Green Bay Packers Select...

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    Sam Acho, DE/OLB, Texas

    Previous Pick: Chase Minnifield, CB

    Analysis: Acho played end at Texas, mostly behind Brian Orakpo and Sergio Kindle. While there is not much film on him as a starter, Acho has great upside as a 3-4 outside linebacker in the NFL.

    He has the speed to turn the corner and pure pass rushing skills. Paired with Clay Matthews, Acho will give Green Bay an excellent 1-2 punch.

With Pick No. 62, The San Diego Chargers Select...

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    Jarvis Jenkins, NT, Clemson

    Previous Pick: Cameron Jordan, DE | Kyle Rudolph, TE

    Analysis: The loss of Jamaal Williams at nose tackle to Denver has affected the Chargers defense entirely. Replacing Williams through the draft will be a focus of the team this year.

    Jenkins is a massive man, physically reminding you of Vince Wilfork. The Chargers can only hope he comes the type of player Wilfork is.

With The 63rd Pick in The NFL Draft, The Philadelphia Eagles Select...

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    Quan Sturdivant, ILB, North Carolina

    Previous Pick: Zach Brown, OLB

    Analysis: The Eagles have been historically great at drafting to fill needs. In 2011, they will do this again.

    The linebacking crew needs a facelift, and adding Brown and Sturdivant will do just that.

    Having been teammates at North Carolina, Brown and Sturdivant will be able to step right into the Eagles system and excel.

With The Final Pick in The Second Round, The New England Patriots Select...

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    Mike Pouncey, OG, Florida

    Previous Pick: Akeem Ayers, OLB | J.J. Watt, DE | Justin Blackmon, WR

    Analysis: Bill Belichick does not like to draft linemen high in the draft, unless your name is Logan Mankins. When the Pats drafted Mankins, they did so because he had played for a Belichick protege at Fresno State, Pat Hill.

    Much like Mankins, Pouncey plays for a friend of Belichick (Urban Meyer) in a pro blocking system. Guard is a question mark for New England because of Mankins and his contract issues.

    He may be back in 2011, or he may be a free agent. Either way, adding more talent to the interior line is needed.

2011 NFL Draft Two Round Wrap Up

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    Round 1
    1. Carolina (1-9)
    Pick: Adrian Clayborn, DT/DE, Iowa

    2. Cincinnati (2-8)
    Pick: Andrew Luck, QB, Stanford

    3. Detroit (2-8)
    Pick: Patrick Peterson, CB, LSU

    4. Buffalo (2-8)
    Pick: Derek Sherrod, OT, Mississippi State

    5. Arizona (3-7)
    Pick: Prince Amukamara, CB, Nebraska

    6. San Francisco (3-7)
    Pick: Ryan Mallett, QB, Arkansas

    7. Cleveland (3-7)
    Pick: A.J. Green, WR, Georgia

    8. Dallas (3-7)
    Pick: Da'Quan Bowers, DE, Clemson

    9. Denver (3-7)
    Pick: Brandon Harris, CB, Miami (FL)

    10. Minnesota (3-7)
    Pick: Jake Locker, QB, Auburn

    11. St. Louis (4-6)
    Pick: Bruce Carter, OLB, North Carolina

    12. Houston (4-6)
    Pick: Janoris Jenkins, CB, Florida

    13. San Diego (5-5)
    Pick: Cameron Jordan, DE, Cal

    14. New England {from Oakland (5-5)}
    Pick: Akeem Ayers, OLB, UCLA

    15. Tennessee (5-5)
    Pick: Allen Bailey, DT, Miami (FL)

    16. Washington (5-5)
    Pick: Julio Jones, WR, Alabama

    17. Miami (5-5)
    Pick: Mark Ingram, RB, Alabama

    18. Jacksonville (6-4)
    Pick: Robert Quinn, DE, North Carolina

    19. Tampa Bay (7-3)
    Pick: OT Anthony Castonzo, OT, Boston College

    20. Chicago (7-3)
    Pick: Gabe Carimi, OT, Wisconsin

    21. Seattle (5-5)
    Pick: Nick Fairley, DT, Auburn

    22. Kansas City (6-4)
    Pick: Von Miller, OLB, Texas A&M

    23. New York Giants (6-4)
    Pick: DeMarcus Love, OT, Arkansas

    24. Baltimore (7-3)
    Pick: Jon Baldwin, WR, Pitt

    25. Indianapolis (6-4)
    Pick: Marcell Dareus, DT, Alabama

    26. New Orleans (7-3)
    Pick: Ryan Kerrigan, DE, Purdue

    27. Pittsburgh (7-3)
    Pick: Jimmy Smith, CB, Colorado

    28. Atlanta (8-2)
    Pick: Brandon Burton, CB, Utah

    29. Green Bay (7-3)
    Pick: Chase Minnifield, CB, Virginia

    30. New York Jets (8-2)
    Pick: Cameron Heyward, DE/DT, Ohio State

    31. Philadelphia (7-3)
    Pick: Zach Brown, OLB, North Carolina

    32. New England (8-2)
    Pick: J.J Watt, DE, Wisconsin

    Round Two
    33. New Englandófrom Carolina (1-9)
    Pick: Justin Blackmon, Oklahoma State

    34. Detroit (2-8)
    Pick: Rodney Hudson, OG, Florida State

    35. Buffalo (2-8)
    Pick: Cam Newton, QB, Auburn

    36. Cincinnati (2-8)
    Pick: Mark Barron, SS, Alabama

    37. San Francisco (3-7)
    Pick: Muhammad Wilkerson, DT, Temple

    38. Cleveland (3-7)
    Pick: Rahim Moore, FS, UCLA

    39. Dallas (3-7)
    Pick: Nate Solder, OT, Colorado

    40. Denver (3-7)
    Pick: Marvin Austin, DE/DT, North Carolina

    41. Minnesota (3-7)
    Pick: Kenny Tate, FS, Maryland

    42. Arizona (3-7)
    Pick: Christian Ponder, QB, Florida State

    43. Houston (4-6)
    Pick: Stephen Paea, DT, Oregon State

    44. St. Louis (4-6)
    Pick: DeAndre McDaniel, SS, Clemson

    45. Oakland (5-5)
    Pick: Matt Reynolds, OT, BYU

    46. Tennessee (5-5)
    Pick: Martez Wilson, ILB, Illinois

    47. Washington (5-5)
    Pick: Curtis Brown, CB, Texas

    48. Denverófrom Miami (5-5)
    Pick: Greg Jones, ILB, Michigan State

    49. San Diego (5-5)
    Pick: Kyle Rudolph, TE, Notre Dame

    50. Jacksonville (6-4)
    Pick: Nick Foles, QB, Arizona

    51. Chicago (7-3)
    Pick: Stefen Wisniewski, OC, Penn State

    52. Tampa Bay (7-3)
    Pick: Jeremy Beal, OLB, Oklahoma

    53. Seattle (5-5)
    Pick: DeMarco Murray, RB, Oklahoma

    54. New York Giants (6-4)
    Pick: Shane Vareen, RB, Cal

    55. Kansas City (6-4)
    Pick: Jerrell Powe, NT, Ole Miss

    56. Baltimore (7-3)
    Pick: Davon House, CB, New Mexico State

    57. Indianapolis (6-4)
    Pick: Tyron Smith, OT, Southern California

    58. Pittsburgh (7-3)
    Pick: Jason Pinkston, OT, Pittsburgh

    59. New Orleans (7-3)
    Pick: Travis Lewis, OLB, Oklahoma

    60. Atlanta (8-2)
    Pick: Mark Herzlich, OLB, Boston College

    61. Green Bay (7-3)
    Pick: Sam Acho, DE/OLB, Texas

    62. San Diegoófrom New York Jets (8-2)
    Pick: Jarvis Jenkins, NT, Clemson

    63. Philadelphia (7-3)
    Pick: Quan Sturdivant, ILB, North Carolina

    64. New England (8-2)
    Pick: Mike Pouncey, OG, Florida